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Mission Statement and Policies

our Mission Statement

The Jill and Marvin Willis Center for Writing maintains a strong commitment to the excellence of all UGA students. We understand that writing is critical to excellence both in the classroom and in the professional future of each student we encounter, regardless of academic interests. We seek to assist students in understanding the writing process, elaborating on their ideas and theories, and evaluating and editing their own work.

Our Policies

  • All students (undergraduate and graduate) may make up to two appointments a week with the The Jill and Marvin Willis Center for Writing
  • Writers must upload their work to our website when they schedule their appointment. If they do not, their appointment may be canceled. (They will be welcome to reschedule.) Word documents are greatly preferred.
  • Appointments can be made by currently enrolled students (or recent graduates), faculty, and staff. No one may schedule appointments for other people or attend sessions with other people's writing.
  • Please note consultants will not proofread or edit papers. Consultants are happy to work with writers to improve proofreading and editing skills, but this process involves the writer asking questions and actively learning with the consultant.
  • Consultants can reliably provide high-quality sentence-level feedback on up to five pages (~1250 words) of graduate-level writing during one appointment. Writers who request this type of support and submit longer pieces should indicate which sections they would like their consultant to focus on. 
  • The Jill and Marvin Willis Center for Writing consultants cannot guess (or critique) a letter grade for writing brought into the Center. We ask that our visitors please remember this and not ask consultants to say what grade they believe a piece of writing should earn.
  • Students are allowed to have only one Writing Center account.
  • If a student is caught breaking any Jill and Marvin Willis Center for Writing rule, the student may face the loss of Writing Center privileges.


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